Paula Abdul, in her first major post-American Idol project VH1 Divas on Thursday, did her best impression of Ellen DeGeneres, her replacement on the top-rated show’s judging panel.
“Why you all staring at me? Can’t a girl try out a new job?” Abdul said, wearing a short blond wig and stationed on a talk show-style couch. “All kidding aside, nothing but love, Ellen. I wish you the best of luck and congratulations on the new gig! And you got to call me if you have any Simon [Cowell] problems, because I know him best.”
Abdul — who earlier introduced herself saying, “I’m Paula Abdul — and this is not ‘American Idol!’ — also performed a medley of her 20-year-old hits from her Forever Your Girl album, including Straight Up, Cold Hearted and Opposites Attract.
VH1 Divas also featured performances from past Idol singers such as Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks.